Pro-Activ is really harsh on the skin. A lot of people do Accutane, but it ultimately doesn’t help them
People have posted this before, but your lifestyle really does matter. My skin was at it’s best when I was sleeping right and eating healthy. Drink lots of water. Make sure that you’re having normal bowel movements. If you’re not then get it on a regular cycle by taking pro-biotics or eating lots of leafy greens high in fiber. Passing stool (how awkward to be saying this!) is really important because if you don’t, then the toxins stay in your system. And sometimes come out in the form of acne. You want your body to be cleansed.
Go to sleep by 11. Since I still live with my parents (in an apartment above them), my mother is a stickler for going to sleep early. It releases crucial hormones that are good for your skin, and your metabolism. When I am away from home … I cheat on this rule and I do break out a little. When your body is stressed from not getting those hormones, and still being away, it takes a toll on your body, and sometimes the reaction is getting acne. My skin is at it’s best when I am sleeping by 11, latest at 12.
What products do I use? I can’t say that any particular face cleanser is the best for me. I’ve used Murad, Joey, Guerlain, L’Occitane, Anna Sui Foaming Cleanser, Aubrey Organics, Yes to Cucumber. They’ve all worked pretty well. What made me acne free besides my lifestyle wasn’t the face wash. Find one that’s gentle and foaming on your skin. Then use an acne cream that has 10% Benzyl Peroxide. I use Clean and Clear or Clearasil. And then I use Clyndamicin 1% Topic Lotion. It’s prescribed, but all you have to do is ask your physician to prescribe it for you. You don’t need to see a dermatologist for this. Just use a little all over your face, twice a day. It’s an antiobiotic topic lotion. My mother saw this in the Taiwanese newspaper when I was a pimply teenager and saw that it was effective 80% of the time. And it worked for me. Although my acne problem wasn’t too bad.
But! FI’s acne problem was horrible when I first met him. He was making me break out!
Me in the pink sweatshirt hidden behind him. This was his birthday party his freshman year, and probably the set of pictures that best captures his acne.
This was us 2 years later, his junior year, my senior year. No more acne! I think he was pretty much acne free after the first year (I didn’t say anything to him until two months into our relationship. I just couldn’t take it anymore because I was breaking out! It was change your regiment, or stop rubbing your face against mine. And then he went home for the summer which was across the country so I didn’t see him for a few months)
I put him on my regiment, washing with hot water, sealing the pores after with cold. Pat dry with a clean towel (never rub your face, gently pat). Acne cream, clyndamicin. He uses Bulldog, an all natural cleanser for men. And his skin tends to be really dry so he he uses a moisturizer from Garnier. He used to touch his face a lot, and pick at it when he was stressed. That was a really big rule for me – never touch, or pick at your face. Your hands touch a lot of things that have residual bacteria on them, so if you have to touch your face, make sure they’re clean either by using hand sanitizer or washing them first.
If you have to pop a zit, do it by using a tissue and applying pressure through the tissue. Clean your hands, and disinfect the area with toner.